Burlington has already mailed out the state ballot, which includes candidates for president, statewide office and statehouse seats, because state law requires that those ballots be sent out no later than 45 days before the November 8 election.
The deadline for local-issue ballots isn’t until October 19 — so they’ll be sent out separately. Even if the council weren’t deliberating into late September, Blackwood said the city wouldn’t be able to get its ballots out much earlier than the deadline because it would reduce the time available for petitioners trying to get questions on the ballot.
“It’s not at all unusual” to send out the two ballots separately, Blackwood said. But because the state moved up its early voting deadline in an effort to get ballots to voters overseas sooner, the time lag this year is a few days longer.
And if you’re voting the old-fashioned way, don’t fret — both ballots will be handed out at the polls.
Burlington residents will have a say at the polls this November on several big-ticket items.The city council on Monday unanimously approved Mayor Miro Weinberger’s proposal to put a $27.5 million bond for capital upgrades on the ballot. Among the repairs it would pay for: sidewalk and street upgrades, bike path improvements and several new fire engines.